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  • 1. From the journal of John Furmes Cobbey, 1850Source: Library of Congress, Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869; transcription by Brigham Young University. Usedunder the fair use clause of the 1976 Copyright ActMay 2, 18502nd Wind from the S. Cloudy our road led us through a deligtful section of country. The rain commencedfalling bout noon. [W]ent 1/2 mile S of the road to a grove of young timber and camped. The place wasalready occupyed by 50 or 60 wagons. Water good wether wet and disagreeable We brought our musculerpowers, to bear. [O]n the evening excersize rendered ergent by the inclement evening. [W]e soon had ourtent spread and our cook to work we establishe our horses and was soon made comfortable in a warmsupper. [W]e made 20 miles to day.How would you summarize Mr. Cobbey’s experience on the trail westward at this time? July 15, 185015th we now continued to cross the [sterile] plain prolific for nothing but its deep dust. This is a very level plains ortable lands at the foot of lofty bluffs we found this plain 18 miles wide and [without] water, we are now at the riverstop a feew hours to feed, had an interview with Dt Climens; a returning Californian, and formely of Pike CountyIlls. [H]e does not speak very flattering of California. I sent a letter home by him…What is Mr. Cobbey’s impression of the western plains?How did Mr. Climens’ report of life in California affect Mr. Cobbey and his party?July 15, 1850 (continued)…And as we were distributing the grass provided to the animals; an incident occured: both startling and instructing.Mr Martin, Scott of Peoria Ill (our traveling Com[p]anion) was struck by one of the animals throwing its headaround: he was brought to the ground with a heavey fall. I saw him fall, and started to his relief : but as he began tostruggle as if in the last agonies of life: And not fully knowin the cause. I suppose it might be a stroke of: or anarrow from an Indians quiver, I paused; thinking the liveing might need more assistance thn, those already deadI viewed [The Camp] with a quick glance, and no frightful met my view. And as Scott began to show more signs oflife I hasetened to him: by this time some of the boys came up. We helped him to his feet. and as soon as hehis senses were gone; and soon as he could stand; he threw us from him frantic with rage. It was with the up mostdifficulty we could dissuade him from the belief, that some of ^us had struck him. This was a very startling scenefrom its severity, and attending circumstances. Instructive as it caused us to weigh the importance of a sane mind,and caused us to view with silent awe, the tottering throme of boasting reasons vast domain.What fear(s) does this account reveal that Mr. Cobbey had?